Tuesday, May 23, 2017

R&B/House singer Colonel Abrams passed, aged 67…

Colonel AbramsColonel Abrams, who made quite some noise in the second half of the 80’s wit gems such as ‘Music Is The Anwer’, ‘Trapped’ and ‘I’m Not Gonna Let’ is the latest to have added his name to the already long list of those of our heroes who’ve left this year…

Although no official cause of his death has been stated at the time, Abrams had been reported suffering from diabetes and being homeless a year ago. With a crowd-funding effort by fans and friends, including Marshall Jefferson, launched to get him back on his feet…

Born Donald Abrams in Detroit, MI and raised in NYC, Colonel Abrams made his official debut back in 1984. His success happened to be instant with ‘Music Is The Answer’ along with producer Winston Jones on Streetwise.

He most likely delivered his strongest album the year after on MCA. An eponymous package including the memorable ‘Trapped’ and ‘I’m Not Gonna Let’ which he co-produced with Richard Burgess. Two pivotal cuts where he appeared as a so to say mutant R&B/House singer, at a time when the history of House Music was still to be written.

Abrams never managed to maintain his status though, despite 3 studio albums to his credit between 1985 and 1992. Gifted with a unique voice, he nevertheless wàrked with countless producers during the 90’s and early 2000’s. From Mental Instrum to Nick Jones, Central Hill and Paul Simpson. Eventually collaborating with Ultra Naté on ‘Where Do We Go From Here’. Or French outfit Trouble Men on’Hurt My Feelings’.

Tony Tune Herbert posted the following message to Facebook: “Just got word that Colonel Abrams has passed away on Thanksgiving. One year to the date that I along with Don Welch, Barbara Tucker, Derek Jenkins, Ralph McDaniels, Marshall Jefferson, Larkie Rucker and a host of his biggest fans fought to get him to let us help him. Now he is at peace and our condolences go out to his family, and fans worldwide. He is no longer suffering or Trapped!!!”

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